March, April, May 2019


12th March – 23rd April. Daily 10am – 2pm Gold Flax Paper 3 Artists Carnegie Building
Kira Birchfield, Kate Buckley and Anne Daniel.
Opening on Friday 15th March at 5.30pm

Monday-Friday 10am-5pm Museum Archives and Research Centre
47 Revell Street, Hokitika

Monday-Friday 9-10am AQUA FIT Hokitika Pool 03 7558119
Also Tuesday & Thursday 12:15-12.45pm

Wednesdays 11.00am-1.00pm Justice of the Peace available at Westland Library
There is no charge for JP services

Every Tuesday 2pm-4pm DEVICE ADVICE at Westland Library
Assistance to learn the features of your device.
New phone, tablet, ipad, laptop? Need a couple of tips?
Call in to the Library Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm

Saturday 16 March Book Launch “Ever Expanding Horizons” Stan Peterson
A collection of short stories from

" a lifetime of real hard yakka game hunts and fishing safaris"
Stan shares his tales from a range of expeditions that take the reader from humour to adventure and sheer survival against the elements.
Hosted by Westland Library 10.30 – 11.30am

Sunday 17 March St Patrick’s Day Irish themed BRUNCH 10am – 1pm
Grey Power Rooms Revell street Hokitika
Wear something GREEN and bring a food contribution.

Monday 18 March Global Recycling Day
A Day for the Future of our Planet

Wednesday 20 March MOCKINGBIRD at Old Lodge Theatre 7.30pm
Based on the true stories of four generations of women and their devilish alter egos, Mockingbird is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of postnatal distress, which affects approximately one in seven women and many men every year.

Friday 22 March EXPLORE THE ROCKY SHORE 5.30-8-30pm
With DOC & KCC at Motukiekie Rocks Beach, 12 Mile
RSVP or 03 768 0427

Friday 22 March West Coast Ambassador Programme Franz Josef
9.30am – 12.30pm Franz Josef
Register online at

Friday 22 March Westland Safe Community Coalition Meeting 10am
Council Chambers

Saturday 23 March NZ Farm & Forestry Association Field Day & AGM
Field Day starts 10am Stafford Loop Road
AGM 4PM All Saints Parish, 51 Bealey Street Hokitika

22 – 31 March Neighbours Day Aotearoa
Time to Celebrate Neighbours

Friday 29 March Creative Communities New Zealand Local Arts Funding Scheme.
Application Forms and Application Guides are available in electronic form from
Council’s website
Hard copy available from Council Customer Service Desk.
Applications close Friday 29 March 2019.

Tuesday 2 April AF8 The Science Beneath Our Feet 7pm
RSA, Hokitika
Bringing Alpine Fault Science and Hazard Impact Information to South Island Communities, in areas most likely to be affected by an AF8 Earthquake.

Friday 5 April GUMBOOT UP and support young kiwis who need counselling
I AM HOPE has asked Kiwis to share awareness by wearing gumboots on April 5, for Gumboot Friday.

"Having depression is like walking through mud every day. So on Friday 5 April 2019, we’re asking you to show your support. Put your gumboots on, give a gold coin, and take a walk in their shoes for a just one day,"
the I AM HOPE website says. All donations are deposited by you/your group into the Kiwibank Gumboot Friday account.

Wednesday 10 April COGS – Community Organisation Grants Scheme opens 10 April
COGS provides grants to non-profit organisations delivering community-based social services that contribute to achieving locally-determined outcomes. Applications close 22 May 2019

Wednesday 17 April PECHA KUCHA NIGHT 5.45PM
Westland Library

He whanau kotahi tatou – We are family
Remembering Past and Current Service Personnel and Families
Volunteers to help sell Poppies contact

Thursday 25 April Commemorative ANZAC Day Service at Te Tauraka Waka a Maui Marae 10.30am
Te Runaka o Makaawhio invites you to join with them at Mahitahi/Bruce Bay to remember, acknowledge and celebrate the sacrifice and contribution made by our brave service men and women. Bring a plate for a shared meal. Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!

MAY – MUSIC MONTH Put simply, the purpose of NZ Music Month is to celebrate music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.

Friday 17 May Pink Shirt Day
Join the movement to stop bullying and spread kindness
Heads Up Hokitika – break out your PINK SHIRTS!!

Saturday 25 May CULTURE FEAST – Seaview Hall 12 noon to 4pm
We celebrate Westland’s diversity with food, music, and more.

January, February, March 2019

Westland – The Last Best Place

All February              Westland Industrial Heritage Park
                              Open Daily 10am to 3pm Entry by Donation

1 February          Westland District Library 5.00pm
                             Meet Lizzy Tremayne, award winning author

1 February          Mahjong Group every Friday 1pm
                               Grey Power Rooms

2 February          Café Books 10.30am
                               Westland District Library

5 February          Chinese New Year starts

6 February          Waitangi Day Celebration, Arahura Marae HOKITIKA 10:30am
                               Tidy Dress
                            Be Sun Safe – blockout & hats
                            Sensible Parking – one side of road only

8 February          The Old Lodge Theatre 7.30PM
                             Irish Band – The Young Folk

8 February          Kathmandu COAST to COAST
                             Our iconic multi-sport event starts at Kumara Beach

9-10 February    Lake Mahinapua Regatta

13 February        Donovan’s Store, Okarito
                               The Young Folk, Irish Live Music

13 February        The Old Lodge Theatre 7.30pm
                               Michele A’Court & Jeremy Elwood
                               ‘On the Road’ Comedy

13 February        Hokitika Squash Club 6.00pm
                             Opening Night – Business House/Team Competition

14 February        Valentine’s Day

16 February        St Andrews United Parish GARDEN RAMBLE
                               Hokitika 9.30am to 4.00pm

21 February        International Mother Language Day
                               Tea Tasting – Westland District Library 10.30am
                               Please bring a plate for morning tea

23 February        South Westland A & P Show
                             Whataroa Domain – theme this year is “Wild West”

1 March               Triumph Roadsters National Rally 9.30am – 12 noon
                               Cass Square, Hokitika
                               Over 60 vehicles to view from all over New Zealand

3 March               National Children’s Day – Cass Square HOKITIKA
                               10am – 2pm
                               Free Family Festival hosted by Hokitika Lions

8 March               International Women’s Day

9 March               Wildfoods Festival – 30th Anniversary
                               Get Your “LOCAL TICKETS”
                               VIP TICKETS NOW ON SALE!!
                               Tickets are available from the following outlets
with photo id and proof of address:
Westport iSite
Reefton Visitors Centre
Hokitika iSite
Ross – Goldfields Information and Heritage Centre
Franz Josef – Fern Grove Gifts & Souvenirs

Hokitika Winter Festival 2018

A variety of events in Hokitika during our winter months coordinated by volunteers from the Hokitika Lions Club. Proceeds donated towards the restoration of a 1913 Sunbeam-Rover ambulance used in France during World War 1 and subsequently by the local Keenan family in their Moving Picture business. The engine and part of the chassis can be viewed at the Westland Industrial Heritage Park, Industrial Road, Airport Complex, Hokitika. WHIPark@gmail.comChristmas in July

Afternoon Tea at the Beachfront Hotel
Cancer Society Fundraiser 27 May 2.30pm. Click here for more details.

Mid Winter Christmas Tree Festival 2 June –13 July Click for more Details.

Food for Thought

5 June All Saints Church. A community meeting about food in the community.

The Rubbish Trip! – 6 June 2018 at 5.30pm Westland District Library will be hosting The Rubbish Trip!

Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince are two No-Waste Nomads traveling the country presenting a zero waste roadshow about how we can reduce our waste footprint.

Rock ‘n Roll Friday 8 June All Saints Church Music / Dance Evening with Nibbles starting 7pm. Click here for more details. For more on the All Saints Anglican Church fundraisers click here.

HERITAGE FORUM – CARNEGIE BUILDING – HOKITIKA – SATURDAY 9 JUNE 2018. For more details click here. Pre-booking required.

Lantern Parade Workshops 9 & 10 June Click for More Details

Carnegie Building Exhibition – 10 to 30 June 10am to 2pm A stunning collection of photographs from Alan Bell and others celebrating 110 years of the Carnegie Building and showing the work of Heritage Hokitika. The Carnegie Building, Gibson Quay, the Lighthouse and Cemetery Kiosk projects all feature.

Westland Winter Motocross Series Final Round 10 June. Click here for more details.

Winter Festival Soup Kitchen – 14 June. 12noon to 2pm. $10 cash only. RSA Hall. Choice of 3 soups, dinner roll, tea / coffee, slice. Proceeds towards Soroptimist Local Projects.

Foodie Night 15 June All Saints Church starting 5pm.
Yummy Hot Food / Baking Sales. For more on the All Saints Anglican Church fundraisers click here.

Lantern Parade 16 June ( wet weather alternate dates 17 June)
Celebrating the longest day of the year. Click for More Details

WIHP Engine Startup Open Day – 16 June, 21 July, 18 August at 2pm, Westland Industrial Heritage Park is open most days but the engines will be running at 2pm on the above dates.

Mid-Winter Acts of Random Kindness week – 18-24 June – promoted by The Guardian giving suggestions each day for community and personal involvement.

Quiz Night – 21 June 7pm to 9pm
fundraising for KIDSFIRST
KINDERGARTEN at Wests Rugby Club Rooms
Snacks & light Supper provided.
BYO Drinks
Raffle on the night
$60 for a team of 6 or $10 pp
For tickets please contact:
Kindy – 755 6785
Naomi – 755 6325 or 0277521401

1 Day Popup Shop – 22 June – Revell Street, Hokitika. Good Quality 2nd Hand clothing. Nothing over $20. All proceeds to local Cancer Society. Coats, dresses, tops, jeans and more…

Bingo Game Night – 22 June – Starts 7pm at St.Andrew’s Hall Contact 021-136-3204

Living Well with Diabetes – 30 June 2018 10am to 2pm. Lunch provided.

Family Film Festival –  Date to be advised.

Mid Winter Community Tea Party – 1st July 2pm Celebrate the Winter with us in a community afternoon tea.

Lion’s Calcutta – 14 July St. Mary’s School Hall No BYO. Cash Bar. Meal $10. Proceeds to All Saints Church Restoration Project. For more details click here. For more on the All Saints Anglican Church fundraisers click here.

Jeff Rea Country Music – 15 July 2.30pm St. Andrews Hall

Nostalgia Film Evening on 29 August at Regent Theatre organized by the Westland Industrial Heritage Park. A World War 1 ambulance fundraiser.

Junk2Funk 2018 – 1 September For more Info

Hokitika Summer Festival 2017-2018

6 Nov – 16 December Shop and Win

Promotion ends 15 December

Shop and Win Winners announced at the “Christmas at the Beach” Party on 16 December

15 Nov – The Chinese on the West Coast

5.30 pm Old Lodge Theatre

11 Revell Street

Early Evening talk by Julia Bradshaw

An introduction to the story of the Chinese on the West Coast.


18 Nov – Hokitika Retailers Market


18 Nov White Riders Tea

21 Nov Gutsy Girls Adventures 7.30pm

Regent Theatre Single Performance only

22nd Nov 5.30 – 6.30pm

John Reid – Destination Namibia: A Photographer’s Perspective

John will be talking about a trip he made in 2016 to Namibia and his landscape photography in the Namib-Naukluft National Park,
a Himba Village (people & culture) and wildlife photography in Etosha National Park.

Westland District Library invites members of the community to talk about an interesting hobby, job or a great travel experience.
If you would like to share your stories we would love to hear from you!
Contact: Sarah Thompson 037556208                  Next talk: January 2018

24 November – Christmas Calcutta – Reindeer Racing

A fund-raising event for Kids Day Festival 2018 As of 25 October this event has been fully sold out.

29th November Kaniere School Play 6.30pm

Regent Theatre

christmas tree1 December – Christmas Pantomime

Regent Theatre followed by lighting up the Christmas Tree and Christmas Lights






1-22 December Celebrate Christmas at the Library

Get crafty making your own Christmas decorations.

2-3 Dec Axemen – Woodchopping

On the Beachfront

Sat 10am – 4pm

Sun 10am-2pm

8 December – WHS Junior and Middle school prize giving

Regent Theatre

9 December – Christmas Parade

Floats arrive from 10am
Parade starts at 11am
Finish 12.30

Street Parade. Starting from behind the old DOC offices on Gibson Quay, down Sewell Street to the Town Clock, down Weld Street to Revell Street swinging out around the back of New World and ending at the junction of Weld and Revell Street outside Stumpers. The Hokitika Lions will be selling tickets to the “Vote for a Float” which includes a mystery gift sponsored by local individuals and businesses. An after parade prizegiving then takes place, prizes include “public’s choice”.…

11-13 December St Marys School Concert

Regent Theatre

14 Dec Celebrate Christmas at the Library 11am

Come along to a special story time with a special guest, yummy treats,
and a small gift for children under 5.

14 December St Marys School Prizegiving

Regent Theatre

14 December Kaniere School Prizegiving 1pm – 3pm

Regent Theatre

16 December Westland Industrial Heritage Park Startup Day

 Working Machinery Museum Family friendly – free entry Open most days. Engine Startup and Open Days Third Saturday of the month. A group of dedicated volunteers restoring artifacts from Westland’s Industrial past to running condition for public display. Allow an hour to visit to enjoy the collection.

16 December Christmas at Hokitika Beach

Back by popular demand and with support from the Westland District Council Christmas Fund Left Coast Events-Aotearoa, New Zealand looks to grow and develop this event for its second and now annual running. Christmas at Hokitika_NZ Beach 2017 will follow a similar mould to 2016, food, family, fun, games and music. The big bearded fella Santa will call in for a lollie scramble and some photos too. Look out for more updates as Christmas approaches.

17 December Ecumenical Service

18 Dec – Carol Singing

Regent Theatre

25 December – Community Christmas Dinner

31 December – Children’s Treasure Hunt 2pm followed by a Cannon firing at 3pm


10 Jan Westland Racing Club Annual Horse Racing Meeting

21 Jan Sand Dunes Classic Golf Event

For over 25 years, teams have gotten their best golf clubs out to test their skills along the Hokitika Beach. Often in fancy dress, teams are tested with many sand traps, variable weather and an occasional exciting crossing of the Hokitika River mouth. Prizes and BBQ are the reward at the end of this unique golf event.

25 – 29 Jan Driftwood & Sand

Held annually in late January, participants are invited to express themselves using any materials they find on the beach. And the beach provides some amazing raw materials. The sculpture competition is judged at the end of the festival week and the sculptures are left for all to enjoy until the sea reclaims them.

29 – 31 Jan Woodstock Rally

This is run annually by the West Coast Touring Motorcycle Club and has become a premier event on the motorcycle touring circuit. Participants camp on site and enjoy food stalls, free tea & coffee, live entertainment and a no attitudes allowed environment.

27 Jan Westland A&P Show

The annual Westland A&P Show is a great family day out. Entertainment, rides, livestock, wood chopping events and much more.

7 Feb St Andrew’s Garden Ramble

St. Andrew’s United Church, Hokitika

A great day out! St Andrew’s Garden Ramble, Fitzherbert Street, Hokitika. 9am – 4pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the day at the church. Plant and produce sales. Contact Donna 03 755 8111 for details.

9 – 10 Feb Speight’s Coast to Coast Multisport Race

Date : 9 and 10 Feb 2018

The Speight’s Coast to Coast is a multi-sport event that has been held for over 30 years. It traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Serpentine Beach on the Tasman Sea to Brighton Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either one or two days competitors cycle, run and kayak through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful terrain.

4 March Kids Day

caroselFree Festival of all things kids.

Community groups, Sports Clubs and individuals contribute their time and sponsor prizes, plant, food and gifts towards a 100% free celebration for kids of all ages.


10 March Wildfoods

17 March Relay for Life





Hokitika Winter Festival

A variety of events in Hokitika during our winter months coordinated by volunteers from the Hokitika Lions Club. Proceeds donated towards a giant outdoor Christmas tree.

Chelsea Winter Mother’s Day event – 3 May

WHS variety concert 17 May – 21 May

Tree festival 3 June – 31 July

Lantern parade Workshops 10 & 11 June

Lantern Parade 17 June ( wet weather alternate dates 18 & 25 June)

Christmas in July

Kids First Quiz night 22 June

WIHP Engine Startup – 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, Westland Industrial Heritage Park is open most days but the engines will be running on the above dates.

Film Festival – Despicable me 25 June














A Winter Evening with Chelsea Winter

Chelsea Winters ScrumptiousA Hokitika Winter Festival Fundraising Event

Date: Wednesday 3 May

Time: 7:30pm start, doors open 7:00pm
Venue: Hokitika’s Regent Theatre
Tickets: $10 donation, proceeds going to a huge Christmas Tree for Hokitika.

Cash bar and supper.
Tickets available: at the Regent or online at

Books for sale on the night, Chelsea will be happy to sign copies







Westland Industrial Heritage Park

Working Machinery Museum

Family friendly – free entry

Open most days. Engine Startup on Third Saturday of the month.

20 May, 17 June, 15 July

A group of dedicated volunteers restoring artifacts from Westland’s Industrial past to running condition for public display.

Allow an hour to visit to enjoy the collection.

Includes 9 fire engines in going order from 1932,

Stationary Ruston engines from the 1940s,

A Chandler & Price Cleveland Ohio printing press from the 1890s,

a stagecoach, boats and tractors. (new)


Directions Follow the plane signs to Hokitika Airport. Drive up the hill and before the airport turn right at our large sign.